South Africa

Strategic Manager to the CEO

Company South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
Reference # SMCEO
Published 19/11/2020
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Market Related
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is a public entity under the National Department of Science and Innovation.
SANSA has a mandate to drive the promotion and use of space and cooperation in space-related activities. To achieve this mandate, the Agency fosters research in space science and technology, advances space engineering programmes, and supports the creation of an environment conducive to industrial development in space technologies within the framework of national government policy. More information about the organization can be found at http://www.sansa.org.za

SANSA is committed to attracting, developing and retaining employees who are passionate about the success of the national space industry. Personal growth, which is one of our values, encourages employees to invest time in education and training through bursaries and training courses offered to them.

SANSA thrives on our employees’ creativity, competencies and expertise, and on their ingenuity to succeed in a high performing environment. If you aspire to the SANSA values of Service, Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Personal Growth and Excellence, and living these in a fast paced and innovative environment, then SANSA could be the place for you. The following opportunity exists in the Head Office situated in Pretoria, Gauteng to be filled by an individual with the relevant skills, drive, competencies, qualifications.
Job Functions Academic,Administration,Business Analyst,Business Development,Engineering,Entrepreneurship ,Executive Management,Management Consulting,Operations,Other Research Development, Science and Scientific Research,Research,Research and Development,Science,Senior Management,Strategic Communication,Strategy,Technical
Industries Academic,Admin, Office & Support,Aviation,Consulting Services,Energy,Engineering,Government / Municipal,ICT - Information & Communications Technology,Infrastructure,IT - Information Technology,Ngo / Non-Profit,Parastatal,Research,Safety, Security & Defence,Science & Technology,Technical,Telecommunications

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the successful candidate will be responsible for advising and assisting the CEO on technical matters as pertains to the strategic and business development focus of the Agency. The Strategic Manager, together with the CEO, will be responsible for (i) strategic initiatives and (ii) identifying and managing relationships with strategic stakeholders, which are deemed important for the growth and long-term sustainability of the organisation, especially given the space infrastructure hub (SIH) context.

Key areas of responsibility will include but not limited to:

•Providing support on technical issues to the CEO on matters relating to strategic projects;
•Building and maintaining relationships with investors, government, clients and stakeholders;
•Have a finger on the pulse of the industry, market and competitors, and communicate on issues relating to the industry;
•Assist the CEO in driving new strategic initiatives from conceptualisation to financial commitment phase.

Please NOTE that the appointment will be on a level commensurate with qualifications and experience. Background verification, including criminal record, credit checks, security clearances, qualification and citizenship checks as well as competency assessment and psychometric testing, may form part of the selection process.

SANSA subscribes to the principles of Employment Equity and welcomes applications from all persons with disabilities . Preference will be given to candidates in accordance with this.
The ideal candidate will have:

•A Bachelor’s Degree;
•Postgraduate Qualification in Business Management or similar MBA Degree would be advantageous;
•Experience in working with a range of stakeholders. Experience and understanding of the Aerospace Industry in South Africa;
•Experience in Project Management;
•A minimum of 10 years + experience in a similar position;
•Ability to communicate effectively with directors and senior managers;
•Skill in analysing and evaluating and packaging information;
•Excellent networking and relationship building skills;
•Ability to establish relationships with government and the private sector community;
•Experience and an understanding of high-tech strategic projects;
•Ability to research, write reports and produce supporting documentation.
Job Closing Date 03/12/2020
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